Five College Renaissance Seminar

Event Details

April 17, 2014
4:30 pm

Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies

650 East Pleasant Street, Amherst, MA

Handicap access available
Free admission
Sonia Brand-Fisher

Molly Murray, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University, presents a talk "From the Closed Cell to the Infinite Universe: Prison Projects and the Ralegh Circle."

Dr. Murray's areas of interest include 16th-and 17th-century English literature and culture; the history of poetics; political theory; the reception of St. Augustine in early modern England; the English Reformation and Counter-Reformation; metaphysical wit; autobiography

Dr. Murray received her B.A. from Columbia, 1994; M.Phil. (Intellectual History and Political Thought) Cambridge, 1996; Ph.D.  (English) Yale, 2004.  She teaches and writes about the non-dramatic literature of early modern England.  Her main scholarly interests lie at the intersection of religion, politics, and poetic form; additional interests include autobiography, intellectual history, and the history of criticism.  Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in English Literary History, Studies in English Literature, Huntington Library Quarterly, Renaissance and Reformation, and Catholic Culture in Early Modern England (Notre Dame, 2007).  She is also a contributor to the Blackwell Companion to English Renaissance Literature and Culture, and the Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of St. Augustine.  She is the author of a monograph, The Poetics of Conversion in Early Modern Literature: Verse and Change from Donne to Dryden (Cambridge, 2009), and is currently at work on a book-length study of literature and imprisonment from Wyatt to Milton.

Light refreshments and conversation follow the talk. Free and open to the public, no reservations needed. Call the Center at 577-3600 for more information.


From the South: Take I-91 to exit l9, turn right, cross the bridge and go six miles to the Amherst Common which will face you on the left at a traffic light in the middle of town. Turn left at the lights stay on that road, which becomes North Pleasant St. and then (without turning) East Pleasant St. The Center is 650 East Pleasant Street, about 3 miles from the center of town, on the left and just past the fire station on the right. There is a small white sign out front; there is a sign for Stone House Flower Farm across the road. Turn left into our dirt driveway and come down to the two parking lots at the Center.

From the North: Take I-91 to exit 18; at the exit go to the traffic light and turn left on Damon Road. At the end of Damon Road, at the bridge construction, turn left again over the bridge and follow the directions above.

From the East: Take the Mass Pike (I-90) to Exit 4, go north (toward Holyoke) onto I-91 and follow the directions for those coming from the south. Those using Route 9 from the east or west will come into the center of Amherst. At the traffic light at the Common, turn north along the Common. You are on South Pleasant Street, soon to become East Pleasant Street. Follow East Pleasant Street to 650 and refer to the directions above.

From the West: Take the Mass Pike (I-90) to Exit 4, and follow the directions above.